GATLINBURG: Annual Christmas Parade

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This was one of my favorite floats from the 2008 Parade!It is that time of year again…hot chocolate, woolen mittens and beautiful hometown holiday parades.  Gatlinburg’s Christmas Parade doesn’t disappoint.  In honor of the 75th anniversary of  the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smokies Superintendent Dale Ditmanson will serve as Grand Marshal of the 34th Annual Fantasy of Lights Gatlinburg Christmas Parade on Friday, December 4.

Dream's Inn is near the parade routeClassic motor cars and period dance routines will salute the Smokies’ anniversary at the lead of the parade.  We invite you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up the Gatlinburg Christmas lights with the 34th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4 in Downtown Gatlinburg.

River's Edge is close to the parade route!The 34th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will feature more than 100 parade entries including local police and rescue services, marching bands and giant helium balloons taking to the streets.  Pictured above is the Loudon High School marching band  from the 2008 parade.  Thanks to Jon Ives for the pictures.

Santa’s Autograph Party cranks up at 6 p.m. at Riverbend Mall, in the midst of a main viewing area for the Parade at Traffic Light #3 in front of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. The parade begins at Traffic Light #1A on Hwy 321 and ends about an hour-and-a-half later at Traffic Light #10.

Rent a Cabin for the whole family!Pre-parade performances by Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, Ginger Brown’s Academy of Performing Arts, Elizabeth Williams Dance Academy, and the Winter Tunes & Tales Carolers are also planned.

Jamming sidewalks and balconies along the parade route, a crowd in excess of 80,000 people is expected to soak up the illuminating festivities for Gatlinburg Winter Magic, and the popular Gatlinburg Christmas lights program, which has received a $1.5 million injection of new displays plus a 100-percent conversion to energy-efficient LED bulbs over the past three years.  This conversion has reduced the City’s electricity cost for the program by some 85 percent.  Check out this map of all the light displays.  Taking a tour of the lights would be a great way to follow up your time at the parade!

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